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NJ Intergenerational Orchestra Presents Music of the Dance

Members of the New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra range in age from 8 to 88, photo by Ann DeCamp
Members of the New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra range in age from 8 to 88, photo by Ann DeCamp

On Sunday February 9th, 2014 at 3 pm, the New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra (NJIO), whose members range in age from 8 to 88, will be providing a free concert in beautiful Dolan Performance Hall at The College of Saint Elizabeth located in Convent Station. Warren Cohen, Artistic Director and Conductor will lead the NJIO Symphony Orchestra and Conductor Gavin Davies will lead the Intermezzo Orchestra in a musical program exploring “Rituals and Dances.” Highlighting the program will be Albert Cao, the 2013 second place winner of the NJIO Young Artist Concerto Competition.

From Waltzes to a Ritual Fire Dance, the musical program presents a variety of dance music from around the world. An Italian inspired waltz, Where the Lemons Blossom, by Austrian composer Johann Strauss II contrasts with music from the heart of Russia with Russian Soldiers Dance by Riehhold Glière and Dances from Swan Lake by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. American composer Paul Creston’s expressive Five Little Dances and Spanish composer’s Manuel de Falla’s primitive Ritual Fire Dance round out the program of dancesCompetition winner Albert Cao, 17, a talented Juilliard Pre-College student from Freehold, will perform Camille Saint-Saëns’ virtuosic violin work, Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso.  Haydn’s Symphony No. 100, often dubbed the “Military” symphony, concludes this exciting afternoon program.

The New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra, celebrating its 20th anniversary season this year, has been recognized as a national leader in intergenerational excellence through its unique approach to teaching musical performance and as a model for intergenerational orchestras across the country.  Not only do the intergenerational members play together, but they also mentor each other. In addition to providing free concerts and outreach to the community, the NJIO recently performed at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington.  NJIO welcomes new members each concert period - no auditions needed!  Please contact us if interested in participating in our 20th Anniversary Gala Concert.

Dolan Performance Hall is located in the Annunciation Center at The College of Saint Elizabeth, 2 Convent Road, Morristown. It is a short walk from the NJ Transit Train Station at Convent Station.

NJIO is committed to ensuring that all programs and concerts are accessible to everyone. For more information regarding the concert or to inquire about patron services, please contact Mary Beth Sweet at (908) 603-7691 or info@njio.org.

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